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10/3/19 7:09 P

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Hello and Welcome!

I definitely noticed that I was depressed after losing more than 50 pounds recently. I thought I would be THRILLED to lose that much but I actually felt like I looked worse and I felt sore all over since I was exercising a lot. I was doing low carb and not having carbs/sugar was hard. (I went from eating probably 400 carbs a day to about 75-100, sometimes less.) Even now when I eat something very sugary, I feel happier for a brief time. Then it leads to OVEREATING that same stuff, which makes me feel miserable. So I definitely feel there is some link. Moderation is my ultimate goal but getting there is difficult.

Good luck to you! Being healthier is probably like a roller coaster until the maintenance phase and maybe even after that for a while. But eventually it will become the new normal.



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9/29/19 3:34 P

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Thanks!

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9/29/19 1:18 P

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Hi emoticon TEXINPA and emoticon to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you with us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.


You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.

Don't be afraid to give your best at what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.


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9/4/19 6:37 P

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Hi welcome to Spark People and this group! I have been a member since 2009 I think or so. I have found it so helpful. I have lost 22 pounds since 2014 and have kept it off for the most part. I am trying to lose 20 more pounds and we will see about more. I have started exercising again lately and also changed my diet. That study seems interesting.

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Started 11/22/15 207 lbs
Now: 1/3/2020 185 lbs
Aiming for 164 lbs


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9/3/19 5:07 P

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That's an inspiring story and I'm glad you're back here, getting on track.

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9/3/19 4:01 P

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Hi Welcome to the team. This team is very supportive when you post.

emoticon too and have been here since 12/11/11 I was 258 , lost about 60 before joining. I was getting bored and very little support. No one thought I could do it, as I did it before and gained it back. By the end of 2012 I lost 132 pounds and was at goal. I maintained my weight with + or - 3% until April of this year. It has been a very bad year and things really feel apart early April. I turned to old habit and ice cream for comfort. I am getting control again now, but still have bad days. If I did it, anyone can do it. I am basically a sedentary person with disabilities.

I love SparkPeople

Today is the first day of the rest of my life.

I am responsible for my own happiness.

My name is Bonnie I live in CT DST

I went from 258 to 126 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.

Too Blessed to be Stressed.






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9/3/19 3:32 P

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Hi y'all. This is my first post here. I've been with SparkPeople for two weeks and think it's great. I was feeling down or, more likely depressed, a few days ago and started thinking about weight loss and depression. (Note: This was by no means the first time I've encountered depression.) I figure that when it happens, for severely overweight people, it's most likely because we're eliminating our go-to coping mechanism and have to face what's bothering us more directly.

I'm sure it is that to a large extent. However, I googled weight loss and depression and came across a study, based on an experiment with lab mice, that suggests a neurological/biological/chemical basis. This is simplifying it, but the article said mice on a high-fat, sugary diet developed different brain structure than other mice -- even before gaining weight -- and the study suggests people who consume a lot of sugar and fat go through withdrawal when they turn to a healthier diet.

I think it's good to know about this possibility! It doesn't mean those feelings will last forever. Sorry, I didn't get to the what-to-do-about it part, but it's good to remember that whatever the reason or cause, it's not unusual to experience depression while losing weight, even though we're doing something that ultimately will improve our physical and mental well-being.

SparkPeople seems to address this to a great extent, with its emphasis on support, community, a nurturing approach, small goals leading to big change, and rewards. May we all enjoy good physical and mental health!



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